I Am Come Hither to Die

Posted by Amelia Swhizzagers On 12:35 PM

I'm going to be in England for the month of February. I will more than likely be able to do some papercuts of stories from events that happened at the Tower of London. I have been wanting to try a new format and so I had my dad cut a large board out of oak plywood. Then I painted a light image of the Tower in the background. Then I did a layer of resin. The layer that I did was a clear resin and didn't dry very fast. I think put an image on and poured another layer on. This layer was a different brand and dried faster, but it wasn't clear and it shrunk up the sort of undry layer of resin beneath it. This didn't work so well, but it gave me a clearer idea of what I need to do in the future, which is, plan ahead and don't do anything half-ass. This is a good life philosophy. Anyway, I learned a lot about Ann Boleyn in the process of doing this. I was fully expecting to do a scherenschnitt of her on the chopping block, but instead found that she was executed French style by a swordsman while kneeling.

Here are her final words:
Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.

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